Call for Applications | Lee Playwright in Residence at the University of Alberta

Date: Jan 8, 2020

Deadline: Feb 25, 2020 - 11:45 pm

The University of Alberta’s Department of Drama invites applications from established Canadian playwrights for the position of Lee Playwright-in-Residence.

This innovative residency offers a unique opportunity for a playwright to devote time to their writing, and to make a significant contribution to new play development within the university and theatre community in Edmonton. Terms of reference for the residency stipulate that the writer spends 50% of their time writing and 50% of their time in outreach and new play development activity with local playwrights, students, community partners and professional theatres. Although the playwright will be invited to visit university classes and to consult with students, this is not a formal teaching position. The residency will be 16 months (in two 8 month residencies) over a three-year period: September 2020-April 2021 and September 2022-April 2023.

In addition to the residency, the playwright is encouraged to accept a commission to write a new play for the 2023 graduating BFA Acting class. This is an opportunity for a playwright to create a script for 12 to 14 actors and see it fully developed and produced. The production of the commission is proposed for February or March 2023 as part of the UofA Studio Theatre season in the Timms Centre for the Arts. It is anticipated that the playwright will be brought in for a one-week workshop of the script-in-progress during the 2021-2022 school year.

Interested playwrights should apply by clicking “Apply online” below with:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • A letter of intent articulating interest in the two key elements of the residency
  • A statement outlining interest in new play development and outreach, including a bit about what community or communities you see yourself working with. For example, a playwright might choose to work with seniors or playwrights from the LGBTQ community.
  • Indication of interest and thoughts on the play commission
  • Names of 3 references with contact information

Please send inquiries by email to: with the heading Lee Playwright-in-Residence.


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